Today our SBE inspectors performed an LED inspection in the city of Shenzhen, China. China is a leading country on the production of LEDs. It is focused on low price LEDs and right now is competing head to head against South Korea and Taiwan who used to lead the world production. In China, the industry grew at a double digit rate during 2014 and it is expected to keep the speed during 2015. On the contrary, most LEDs manufactured in China are sold in China. Still, international sales are catching up, so get ready for a waterfall of Made in China LEDs in your closest supermarket! Notwithstanding, the LED world demand is still big and China has become the place to get good quality at a good price.
However, you can never be 100% sure of the quality you are buying until you have it.. or until your SBE inspector checks it for you!
This was a sample inspection at a new supplier. A sample inspection is done when we decide to check a sample of a product. After that, the customer will decide whether to place an order or not – depending on the sample. Normally, after the inspection the supplier will send the sample to the customer.
This time the factory was pretty close to Shenzhen’s city center. We only had to drive around 40 minutes to get there.
This is the first time SBE was visiting this supplier, so during the Opening Meeting each party talked about their company and what they were expecting from this inspection. This was an order of 10 pieces, the sample to test was defined to be only one unit.
In every inspection we focus on workmanship and on tests. An LED workmanship might seem very easy to check because of the product being of a simple structure, however it is a very tricky product. You need to pay close attention and really know the structure to know if the product is ok or not and to know where the most common errors are located. Once we make sure the workmanship is correct, we move on to the next part: the tests.
We need to perform several tests for this kind of product, including electromagnetic interference test, IES test, voltage test and Spectrophotocolorimeter test.
But this does not end here, we need to perform other tests in a special facility. For that we called our partner in Shenzhen, a private lab who will help us to provide the final test results to the customer.
This was a very important inspection. It will decide if the customer wants to proceed with this supplier or if he wants to move to another one. Thanks to SBE’s Real Time application, the customer will receive all the information that is happening during the inspection in real time.
Every time the inspector takes a picture or writes something in the app, our customer can see it live on their computer. Isn’t it easier this way? Just imagine: you are watching the inspection and you realized there is something missing. You can just call the supplier right away and ask them about it! This really gives you more control in your supply chain!
The Final Report of the inspection shows that:
Every product needs a different scope and thanks to our system we can make sure each one of them gets the most appropriate. Want to know how? Contact us for more information!